The story of Temple Aaron in Trinidad, Colorado, began in 1883 with the Jews of Southeastern Colorado organizing a congregation. The Temple was built in 1889 by pioneering Jews in Southeastern Colorado. It has been preserved and maintained for these 128 years, and is the oldest synagogue in Colorado on its original site still holding religious services and community events.
If we can raise $35,000, a grant by Larry A. Mizel, in Denver, will match the money raised with an additional $10,000. His generosity is truly amazing and will help transform our fundraising efforts.
These funds will allow the Temple to continue its operations for another year, as funds are running quite short, and will then allow us to raise additional funds to endow its future for other needed repairs and improvements including a new roof, interior repairs and upgrading some antiquated rooms.
Temple Aaron needs the funds soon in order to keep it functioning and holding religious services, outreach to other faiths and community members, and benefitting the city residents and visitors who wish to know more about the history of Jews on the Santa Fe Trail.
We are grateful for all donations in helping us reach this goal. Preservation of historic buildings and what they represent is a fabric that holds our tapestry of life in America together.
Knowing the past migration, settlement, and vision of Jews and others who settled in Trinidad and its surroundings, will insure the knowledge of this important region will be forever communicated to future generations.
Thank you for helping us meet our needs and preserving the cherished history of this significant structure.